Paul Craig’s ascension in UFC continued on Saturday night time as he grabbed an essential win over an MMA legend at UFC 255.
After preventing to a draw simply over one yr in the past, Craig and Shogun Rua met contained in the octagon as soon as extra and this time The Bearjew acquired the job completed emphatically.
Rua is, in fact, a former UFC mild heavyweight champion however at 38 shouldn’t be on the peak of his powers anymore. Nonetheless, he supplied a confirmed roadblock for the hungry Scot shot who duly delivered with a second-round knockout.
In actual fact, what makes this knockout all of the extra particular is that Craig’s flurry of punches really compelled Rua to faucet, a rarity in UFC.
With Rua mendacity inclined on his entrance, Craig had absolutely mounted his opponent’s again and was simply raining down photographs. After taking a number of clear photographs, Rua lastly determined he had sufficient and tapped mid-flurry.
Earlier within the struggle, Rua had given Craig an ‘oil verify’ – which is actually shoving his fingers up his opponents behind – that had Joe Rogan astounded at ringside.
After the struggle, Craig appeared unfazed by the veteran tactic.
He mentioned: “Usually somebody must take me for a meal earlier than they completed that.
“It was exhilarating, it gave me a wee spring in my step.”
Craig is now unbeaten in 4 outings. He was 15th within the light-heavyweight rankings, however after defeating Rua who was one spot forward of him, he’ll now be on the verge of hitting the highest 10.
The sunshine-heavyweight division in UFC has been left wide-open since Jon Jones’ transfer as much as heavyweight and Jan Blachowicz is the brand new champion.
It appears as if middleweight champion Israel Adesanya goes to maneuver up and problem for the 205lb title within the close to future but when Craig can get a pair extra wins beneath his belt, he’ll be close to the entrance of the queue.